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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 103 → 6 The Politics of Disaster Films Elizabeth Haas Since the beginning of the 21st century, disasters, both disparate and interrelated have brought about what Matthew Gross and Mel Gilles (2012) refer to as a cultural “turn toward the apocalyptic,” occasioning a distinct renewal of the disaster genre at the box office. Although rare, the two strands have even shared multiplexes. In sober and at times angry and angst-filled fashion, these documentaries carefully construct narratives to account for what hours and hours

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 167 → Film Index Abe Lincoln in Illinois , 57 Accused , The , 153 Advise and Consent , 54 After Earth , 107 Aftermath , 157 Agnes of God , 13 Agora , 156 Air America , 145, 153 Air Force One , 52 Alamo Bay , 50, 151, 152 Ali , All God’s Children , 157 All My Loved Ones , 155 All the Presidents Men , 23 Amazing Grace , 156 Amen , 155 American Gangster , 156 American History X , 154 American President, The , 64 American Violet , 156 Amigo , 157 Amistad , 154 Amu , 156 Analyze That , 92 Anatomy of a Movie , 11 Anna and the

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 87 → 5 Escape from the Bowling Alley: Traditional Associations as the Antagonist in Popular Film Hans Noel Well, we’re safe for now. Thank goodness we’re in a bowling alley.—Mayor “Big Bob” (J. T. Nelson), reacting to the sudden introduction of 1990s chaos into the order of his 1950s television town in the 1998 film Pleasantville. The title political scientist Robert Putnam has given to his argument about traditional associations could not be more apt. Not only does “Bowling Alone” (Putnam 1995, 2000) clearly summarize

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 69 → 4 The Real Oliver North Loses: The Reel Bob Roberts Wins John W. Williams Does Life Imitate Art? The present chapter is primarily about the elections involving three candidates for the United States Senate—Bill McKay, Bob Roberts, and Oliver North. The first two candidates are fictions of the Hollywood film industry, although they are convincing. The third candidate could have been fiction, an invention of a very creative screenwriter. They ran, respectively, in California in the early 1970s, in Pennsylvania in 1990

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 119 → 7 The Blending of a Kaleidoscopic Culture: Films on Asian Americans Andrew L. Aoki The present chapter examines questions of inclusion and community in the United States, questions as old—or older—than the United States, and they have loomed large in American politics for just as long. Superficially, the issues may appear to be social rather than political, but, questions about difference—especially racial difference—have animated a good deal of American politics from the earliest years. My concern here is with the

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness

Political Messages in Feature Films

Edited by Michael Haas

Feature films are jam-packed with political messages. This volume provides the tools for analyzing the politics embedded in films. Contributors reveal how subliminal messages are a clue to how the public perceives political reality through otherwise entertaining feature films.
The volume is divided into two parts: Part One focuses on defining political films while Part Two looks at how «politics» is defined within films. Contributors find several ways of defining «political films», but agree that while the messages in films may often seem progressive, they are usually quite conservative, with the aim of making as much money as possible for the people financing the films.
The book provides a history of political film and identifies several hundred films with specific political messages.
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Here’s Looking at You | xiii → Preface to the Fourth Edition The idea for this book began a long time ago in the imagination of a young boy whose childhood became entwined with the movies. Little did this kid know that one day he would be writing on a subject that he loved. The first edition was printed in 2000 and was a nostalgic journey back in time, covering Hollywood movies from the silent era up to the millennium. But the second and third editions were much more critical of the film industry and the films it produced. The author has continued to find film

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The Spike Lee Enigma ← 212 | 213 → AFTERWORD In the summer of 2013 Spike Lee was once again trying to raise funds for a new project. This time, however, innovations in digital technology and culture provided him with a new way to generate financial support. Kickstarter is a web-based platform for crowd-funding, enabling filmmakers, artists, musicians, writers, designers, and others to solicit small donations that can potentially add up to large sums of money. Initially meant for independent artists and non-profit organizations, by 2013 mainstream film producers

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→ Neale, Steve, and Smith, Murray, Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (London: Routledge, 1998). Neale, Steve, ed., Genre and Contemporary Hollywood (London: British Film Institute, 2002). Noll, Mark, A., America’s God (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002). North, Gary, ‘Beliefs Raise on-Set Considerations’, Variety (2 April 2007) < http://www.variety.com > accessed 27 January 2011. Nye, Joseph, Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power (New York: Basic Books, 1990). Olasky, Marvin, ‘Michael Flaherty on the Future of the Narnia Movies’ (6 December

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have supported the Religious Right and the most conservative Republican candidates. The study illustrates that the relationship between Hollywood and conservative Christians has often been a tense one right from the inception of the new medium, though there were occasional examples of collaboration. In the last quarter of twentieth-century America, the religious question, both politically and culturally, created a favourable environment for Walden Media, not only for raising funds for the project, but also for its economic viability and credibility in the eyes of